Editor’s Note: This post is part of the current series of posts submitted by healthy living bloggers on what health means to them. We are no longer taking submissions on this topic and will soon open the floor to a new topic.
This post is brought to you by Michelle from Hit the Bricks.
What health means to me… is two-part, I guess. First and foremost, I see health as all-encompassing: mind, body, soul. Having said that, I feel like I am at my healthiest when nothing holds me back from doing something (as long as its reasonable… I’m not talking about climbing Mt. Everest). I feel like confidence is impacted by so many things… how we feel physically, how we feel about how we look physically, what mood we’re in that day, how others affect us, etc. I believe a healthy person is present enough in their mind and body to pursue goals, activities, and challenges regardless of what else is going on.
When I eventually have a family, I will feel physically healthy when I can run around and play with my kids, keep up with them, and live a long life to be there for them. I started feeling mentally healthy when I would stop obsessing over how I looked in my clothes and just went out and lived and depended on my brains and personality to have a good time and make new friends. And I feel spiritually healthy when I dig deep and deal with emotional ups and downs, and also when I know the difference between staying on the move and giving myself a break.
I guess all these things point to knowing yourself and your limits and not letting things hold you back from living the life you want to live. And physically, mentally, and spiritually, it takes hard work and training to get to healthy and to stay there. In the same way that we need to exercise on a regular basis to have a healthy body, we need to exercise our souls and our minds regularly to stay healthy for our whole selves.
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